Today's news -- July 11, 2017

 

 

 

Superintendents object to plan for alternate tests *

Plans to revise Florida high school student options for key state tests have run into some objections from the state's superintendents. The Florida Association of District School Superintendents has suggested that the Department of Education's proposal to do away with the Postsecondary Education Readiness Test as an alternative to the Algebra I end-of course exam could have negative consequences for students. The department has recommended using the PSAT as the second option for students who do not pass the Algebra I EOC, which is required for graduation.

Department officials said the PERT has only middle school expectations, and that's not good enough. In its letter to the department, FADSS argued that students should have access to both PSAT and PERT while the state researches the comparative value of each. After all, FADSS observed, the department validated PERT as an acceptable alternative just four years ago. "The PERT has been a successful option for students," the group wrote. "Eliminating it as an option entirely could significantly impact students and preclude them from obtaining a standard high school diploma." The organization also contended that the proposal to increase the concordant score on the SAT that students could use to replace the state 10th grade language arts test goes too far. It noted the recommended score is that of college readiness, and not a 10th grade level. "It is not reasonable to expect 10th grade students to score at a College or Career Readiness Benchmark," FADSS wrote. "The recommended concordant score should be 430, which is the 'Green' 10th grade benchmark. This score means that the student has met or exceeded the benchmark for the 10th grade -- the grade in which the assessment is given." The State Board of Education is to take up these proposals quickly, but has removed them from its July agenda.

http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/gradebook/superintendents-object-to-florida-plan-for-alternate-high-school-reading/2329902

 

Hate late report cards? New state law could make them later next spring

http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/gradebook/hate-late-report-cards-new-florida-law-could-make-them-later-next-spring/2329682

 

Broward charter school deemed nightmare by parents

https://www.local10.com/news/local-10-investigates/first-look-inside-nightmare-charter-school

 

Open enrollment is drawing students back to Palm Beach’s public schools

http://extracredit.blog.mypalmbeachpost.com/2017/07/11/open-enrollment-is-drawing-students-back-to-pbcs-public-schools/?ecmp=newspaper_email&user-access=eyJ0eXAiOiJKV1QiLCJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiJ9.eyJpYXQiOjE0OTk3MTY4MDAsImV4cCI6MTQ5OTgzMTk5OSwicHJvZHVjdHMiOlt7InBpZCI6Ind3dy5teXBhbG1iZWFjaHBvc3QuY29tIiwiZXhwIjoxNDk5ODMxOTk5LCJhdXRoZW4iOiJieXBhc3MifV19.OE7kJH-OeGKZ-xJjaP0HmP-k-Glg3CgtkhAFV_5BSWc&uuid=FEA48C6A-5EE4-4B9B-8AEF-47B755B9127B

 

Pasco commissioners should raise school impact fee

http://www.tampabay.com/opinion/editorials/editorial-pasco-commissioners-should-raise-school-impact-fee/2329943

http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/gradebook/pasco-county-school-district-home-builders-cut-deal-on-impact-fees-seek/2329920

 

Duval School Board copes with less money than expected for next school year

http://jacksonville.com/news/metro/education/2017-07-10/duval-school-board-copes-less-money-expected-next-school-year?utm_source=SayfieReview&utm_medium=SayfieReviewWeb&utm_campaign=sayfiereview

 

Churches running charters? Court decision could open door in some states

http://www.chalkbeat.org/posts/us/2017/07/09/churches-running-charter-schools-the-latest-supreme-court-decision-could-open-the-door-in-some-states/

 

DeVos to meet with groups opposing protections for sexual assault survivors

https://thinkprogress.org/devos-sexual-assault-bf7801b8264c

 

Koch brothers target Colorado for vouchers

https://dianeravitch.net/2017/07/10/koch-brothers-target-colorado-for-esa-vouchers/

 

New York: Charter schools win power to hire non-professional “teachers”

https://dianeravitch.net/2017/07/11/new-york-charter-schools-win-power-to-hire-non-professional-teachers/

 

Republicans increasingly say colleges have negative impact on nation

http://www.people-press.org/2017/07/10/sharp-partisan-divisions-in-views-of-national-institutions/?utm_source=adaptivemailer&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=17-07-10%20institutions%202&org=982&lvl=100&ite=1403&lea=299787&ctr=0&par=1&trk=

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/politics/wp/2017/07/10/the-new-culture-war-targeting-american-universities-appears-to-be-working/?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.8500d5de8a3c

 

New Florida law requires colleges to spell out student debt

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/features/education/school-zone/os-student-debt-information-20170707-story.html

 

Trump changes higher ed with rollback of Obama-era consumer protections

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/trump-changes-higher-ed-with-rollback-of-obama-era-consumer-protections/2017/07/09/89acd78a-59e3-11e7-9b7d-14576dc0f39d_story.html?utm_term=.c3b25cf9704d

 

It's DeVos' job to protect students from predatory for-profit colleges

http://www.latimes.com/opinion/editorials/la-ed-devos-fraud-rules-20170710-story.html

 

UF is among “Best Colleges for Your Money,” magazine says

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/features/education/school-zone/os-college-affordability-uf-20170711-story.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+SentinelSchoolZone+%28Sentinel+School+Zone%29

 

Under federal Title IX investigation, UF has paid more than $170,000 in legal fees

http://www.alligator.org/news/article_d73c9b12-65d6-11e7-8869-43f23987410f.html

 

Tech funders, startups already feeling sting of state budget cuts

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/business/article160608399.html

 

Orlando faith leaders call on Scott to sign anti-discrimination order

http://floridapolitics.com/archives/241264-orlando-faith-leaders-call-rick-scott-sign-anti-discrimination-order

 

Most state lawmakers have added to their personal wealth

http://miamiherald.typepad.com/nakedpolitics/2017/07/most-florida-lawmakers-have-added-to-their-personal-wealth.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

 

If you thought it’s been hotter than usual, you nailed it. Florida set a record.

http://weatherplus.blog.palmbeachpost.com/2017/07/10/just-in-florida-averages-hottest-temperature-on-record-through-june/

 

Bondi ordered to respond to lawsuit over unregistered charities

http://floridapolitics.com/archives/241289-pam-bondi-ordered-respond

 

It’s getting harder to move beyond a minimum-wage job

https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/its-getting-harder-to-move-beyond-a-minimum-wage-job/

 

Why is Trump more worried about coal miners than department store employees?

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/politics/wp/2017/07/10/why-is-trump-more-worried-about-coal-miners-than-department-store-employees/?utm_term=.6c223d043c05

 

Three lawsuits filed against White House panel on voter fraud

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/10/us/white-house-voter-fraud-lawsuits-kris-kobach.html?emc=edit_cn_20170711&nl=first-draft&nl_art=&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

ACLU of Florida sues Trump voter fraud commission

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/politics-government/national-politics/article160627659.html

http://www.tbo.com/news/florida/aclu-others-sue-trump-voting-commission-in-florida-ap_floridae09192356e88488aba78118677accc01

 

Voting panel tells states to hold off sending data while court weighs privacy impact

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/public-safety/trump-voting-panel-tells-states-to-hold-off-sending-data-while-court-weighs-privacy-impact/2017/07/10/c4c837fa-6597-11e7-a1d7-9a32c91c6f40_story.html?utm_term=.09d1b1447706

 

“Voter fraud” squad may already be tricking voters into disenfranchising themselves

https://thinkprogress.org/trump-voter-fraud-commission-disenfranchisement-2a372328feb

 

Demonstrators in Orlando protest Trump, Scott on voter fraud probe

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/politics/94056660-132.html

 

Trump Jr. was told in email of Russian effort to aid campaign

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/10/us/politics/donald-trump-jr-russia-email-candidacy.html?smid=tw-share&_r=0

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/paloma/daily-202/2017/07/11/daily-202-email-to-donald-trump-jr-could-be-a-smoking-gun-as-russia-connections-deepen/5963e8eee9b69b7071abcb06/?utm_term=.319cbe21b3f8

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jul/10/donald-trump-jr-russia-meeting-clinton-statements?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+USA+-+Collections+2017&utm_term=234579&subid=7590566&CMP=GT_US_collection

 

The latest Trump-Russia story has the makings of a blockbuster

https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/the-latest-trump-russia-story-has-the-makings-of-a-blockbuster/?ex_cid=538twitter

 

The latest Russia revelations lay the groundwork for a conspiracy case

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-latest-russia-revelations-lay-the-groundwork-for-a-conspiracy-case/2017/07/10/15b81256-65a8-11e7-a1d7-9a32c91c6f40_story.html?utm_term=.9fe94c17dd63

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/07/11/donald-trump-jr-may-have-just-crossed-the-legal-line-on-collusion/?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.68cdbba1f23b

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-trump-campaigns-attempted-collusion/2017/07/10/7841c090-65b0-11e7-8eb5-cbccc2e7bfbf_story.html?utm_term=.78e09852608d

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/donald-trump-jrs-meeting-is-a-legal-game-changer/2017/07/10/bb2a39b0-65a0-11e7-9928-22d00a47778f_story.html?utm_term=.2773cda83c3e

 

Russian lawyer describes being summoned to meet with Trump Jr.

http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/national/russian-lawyer-describes-being-summoned-to-trump-tower-to-meet-with-donald/2330002?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

 

The culture of dishonesty

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/11/opinion/donald-trump-jr-russian-lawyer.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_ty_20170711&nl=opinion-today&nl_art=0&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

Here are the big questions with the Trump camp’s latest spin about Trump Jr.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2017/07/10/heres-the-big-problem-with-the-trump-camps-latest-spin-about-don-jr/?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.e8e749df3b92

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/07/10/5-big-questions-after-the-bombshell-about-donald-trump-jr-and-the-russian-lawyer/?utm_term=.ec8d43b55541

 

Timeline of a story about Trump Jr. and Russia that keeps getting worse

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/07/10/timeline-of-a-story-about-donald-trump-jr-and-russia-that-keeps-getting-worse/?utm_term=.2b075b0687d3

 

“Borders on treason”: Bush’s former ethics lawyer blasts Trump Jr.’s Russia meeting

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/7/10/15950612/trump-jr-russia-richard-painter

 

The latest Trump/Russia leaks came from inside the White House

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/7/10/15947100/donald-trump-jr-russia-leaks

 

Trump Jr. is now at the center of the Russia controversy -- and ready to fight

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-jr-is-now-at-the-center-of-the-russia-controversy--and-always-ready-to-fight/2017/07/10/0f681036-658a-11e7-9928-22d00a47778f_story.html?utm_term=.7e9205193165

 

Why in the world would Trump Jr. take this meeting?

https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-partisan/wp/2017/07/10/why-in-the-world-would-donald-trump-jr-take-this-meeting/?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.5714bacce6ee

 

Trump Jr's message to Russian operatives? I'm open for business

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/jul/10/donald-trump-jr-ethically-challenged-russia-meeting?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+USA+-+Collections+2017&utm_term=234579&subid=7590566&CMP=GT_US_collection

 

How a pageant led to a Trump son’s meeting with a Russian lawyer

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/10/us/politics/rob-goldstone-russia-trump.html?emc=edit_cn_20170711&nl=first-draft&nlid=3179832&te=1

 

On Russia, White House struggles to stick to a script

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/07/10/trump-russia-donald-jr-white-house-240381

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/kremlin-denies-knowing-of-donald-trump-jr-meeting-with-russian-lawyer-during-2016-campaign/2017/07/10/c2bfee34-6566-11e7-a1d7-9a32c91c6f40_story.html?utm_term=.a2e0769941ad

 

Fake news could prove vexing in Mueller probe

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/07/11/fake-news-robert-mueller-trump-240376

 

The galaxy of lawyers defending Team Trump on the Russia probe gets another star

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/politics/wp/2017/07/10/the-galaxy-of-lawyers-defending-team-trump-on-the-russia-probe-gets-another-star/?utm_term=.5410c4fe42b1

 

Trump accuses Comey of breaking the law -- based on misleading Fox News report

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/politics/wp/2017/07/10/trump-accuses-james-comey-of-breaking-the-law-based-on-a-misleading-fox-news-report/?utm_term=.c107450796d4

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/7/10/15946878/trump-comey-twitter-leak-classified-fox-and-friends

https://thinkprogress.org/trump-fake-attack-james-comey-explained-5fe05611c7bb

 

Why deciding to “move forward” with Putin is a big mistake

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/global-opinions/wp/2017/07/10/why-deciding-to-move-forward-with-putin-is-a-big-mistake/?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.f0c111750972

 

Trump’s fishy behavior on Russia is bigger than possible email collusion

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/7/11/15947434/something-weird-donald-trump-russia

 

Russia sanctions stall as Democrats object to being frozen out of restraining Trump

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/russia-sanctions-stall-in-the-house-as-democrats-object-to-being-frozen-out-of-restraining-trump/2017/07/10/2bae412a-65ad-11e7-8eb5-cbccc2e7bfbf_story.html?utm_term=.6c81bf834a79

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/07/10/russia-sanctions-republicans-royce-240378

 

Yoho defends Trump Jr. meeting with Russian

http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/the-buzz-florida-politics/yoho-defends-trump-jr-meeting-with-russian/2329958

 

Senate GOP aims to release new health bill by week’s end

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/07/10/senate-republican-health-care-bill-july-schedule-240363

 

GOP struggles to revamp ailing Obamacare repeal bill

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/07/10/senate-republican-health-care-bill-july-schedule-240363

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/10/upshot/congress-is-facing-a-time-crunch-to-repeal-obamacare.html?em_pos=large&emc=edit_cn_20170711&nl=first-draft&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

Protests at congressional offices over GOP health care bill lead to 80 arrests

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/russell-senate-building-healthcare-protest_us_5963c857e4b09b587d610de4?section=us_politics&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=__TheMorningEmail__071117&utm_content=__TheMorningEmail__071117+CID_aa7475235f4d94d60abbd5dd2db58b83&utm_source=Email%20marketing%20software&utm_term=led%20to%2080%20arrests%20Monday&ncid=newsltushpmgnews__TheMorningEmail__071117

 

Senate Democrats seek GOP governors in effort to scuttle Obamacare overhaul

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/senate-republicans-plan-to-introduce-a-new-health-bill-this-week-vote-next-week/2017/07/10/9c897996-658f-11e7-8eb5-cbccc2e7bfbf_story.html?utm_term=.c4d98474b2b9

 

How Trumpcare dies

https://newrepublic.com/article/143776/trumpcare-dies

 

New study sharply rebukes major GOP talking point on health care

https://thinkprogress.org/new-medicaid-study-gop-satisfaction-36ec26947d3

 

Foes of Obama-era rule work to undo birth control mandate

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/10/us/politics/birth-control-contraception-health-care-bill.html?emc=edit_cn_20170711&nl=first-draft&nlid=3179832&te=1

 

Frontline caregivers predict tragedy in Senate’s proposed Medicaid cuts

http://www.miamiherald.com/opinion/op-ed/article160616649.html

 

Crippling Medicaid cuts could upend rural health services

http://health.wusf.usf.edu/post/crippling-medicaid-cuts-could-upend-rural-health-services#stream/0

 

Six Florida congressional Democrats now support single-payer health care system

http://floridapolitics.com/archives/241288-six-florida-congressional-democrats-now-support-single-payer-health-care-system

 

Scott on GOP efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare: “They can’t stop”

http://saintpetersblog.com/rick-scott-gop-efforts-repeal-replace-obamacare-cant-stop/

 

Battle inside Trump administration over control of immigration, refugees

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/global-opinions/battle-emerging-inside-trump-administration-over-who-controls-immigration-and-refugees/2017/07/09/006c6e9a-6357-11e7-8adc-fea80e32bf47_story.html?utm_term=.3ce61d440ee0

 

In blow to tech industry, Trump shelves start-up immigrant rule

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/10/technology/in-blow-to-tech-industry-trump-shelves-start-up-immigrant-rule.html?emc=edit_cn_20170711&nl=first-draft&nl_art=&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

If Trump cares about Western civilization, he needs to fund the arts

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/posteverything/wp/2017/07/10/if-trump-cares-about-western-civilization-he-needs-to-fund-the-arts/?utm_term=.255335ac8f9d

 

The deep industry ties of Trump’s deregulation teams

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/11/business/the-deep-industry-ties-of-trumps-deregulation-teams.html?emc=edit_tnt_20170711&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

 

Digital privacy to come under Supreme Court’s scrutiny

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/10/business/dealbook/digital-privacy-supreme-court.html?emc=edit_cn_20170711&nl=first-draft&nl_art=&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

What is net neutrality and why is it at risk?

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/jul/11/what-is-net-neutrality-threat-trump-administration?CMP=edit_2221

 

Trump aides recruited businessmen to devise options for Afghanistan

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/10/world/asia/trump-afghanistan-policy-erik-prince-stephen-feinberg.html

 

On his trip abroad, Trump left America’s values behind

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/on-his-trip-abroad-trump-left-americas-values-behind/2017/07/10/4811a272-6593-11e7-9928-22d00a47778f_story.html?utm_term=.22edc0272047

 

Trump is ignoring the lesson of two world wars

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/made-by-history/wp/2017/07/10/president-trump-is-ignoring-the-lesson-of-two-world-wars/?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.e5f015ef45c6

 

Detained over Ivanka Trump factory inspection, China labor activist speaks out

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/10/business/china-labor-ivanka-trump-shoes.html?smid=tw-nytpolitics&smtyp=cur

 

Kushner tried and failed to get a half-billion-dollar bailout from Qatar

https://theintercept.com/2017/07/10/jared-kushner-tried-and-failed-to-get-a-half-billion-dollar-bailout-from-qatar/

 

How do we contend with Trump’s defiance of “norms”?

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/11/magazine/how-do-we-contend-with-trumps-defiance-of-norms.html?emc=edit_tnt_20170711&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

 

Trump supporters know Trump lies. They just don’t care.

https://www.vox.com/2017/7/10/15928438/fact-checks-political-psychology

 

So that’s why Sarah Huckabee Sanders wants the cameras off

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/trumps-spokespeople-are-a-know-nothing-party/2017/07/10/e902a85c-65c0-11e7-a1d7-9a32c91c6f40_story.html?utm_term=.645bd6c0b4f2

 

A reporter takes stock of how Washington has changed in the time of Trump

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/11/magazine/washington-dc-politics-trump-this-town-melts-down.html

 

Press group president: White House asked organization to publicly criticize reporter

http://www.politico.com/blogs/on-media/2017/07/10/trump-white-house-reporters-mason-240383

 

Trump’s trolls are waging war on America’s civil servants

https://foreignpolicy.com/2017/07/10/trumps-trolls-are-waging-war-on-americas-civil-servants/

 

A billionaires’ republic

https://www.thenation.com/article/a-billionaires-republic/

 

What climate change could wreak -- sooner than you think

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2017/07/climate-change-earth-too-hot-for-humans.html

 

Earth's sixth mass extinction event already under way, scientists warn

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/jul/10/earths-sixth-mass-extinction-event-already-underway-scientists-warn?CMP=edit_2221

 

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